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Interestingly, the word "patient" originates from the Latin verb patior, which means "to suffer or feel pain". Patients come to doctors for healing of their suffering or pain and not to trade or buy their services. Hence we call them patients, not customers. This is one of the many lessons imbibed from several mentors - Professor Feng Pao Hsii, Professor Seah Cheng Siang and Professor Ng Han Seong, all great clinicians in their own right. 

The values expounded and practised by them have left great impressions on me as I travel along my medical journey. The kindness towards patients, the respect for them and fellow doctors, the drive to excel and do our best, and the pure joy of just being able to practise good clinical medicine are precious values to behold.

Professor Fong Kok Yong 
Chairman, Medical Board & 
Senior Consultant 
Dept of Rheumatology & Immunology

Having practised medicine for almost four decades, I hold firm to the belief that we exist because of our patients. We become doctors because we want to take care of the sick, save their lives and prevent them from dying whenever possible using every means we have to help them. 

The practice of medicine can at times be very trying but as doctors, we need to always remember this higher purpose.

Professor Woo Keng Thye
Emeritus Consultant 
Dept of Renal Medicine

As a rheumatologist, I have seen patients with life-threatening multi-organ autoimmune diseases. It has been a source of tremendous satisfaction to see some of these patients gradually recovering and returning home. 

It seems to me that this passion to help fellow human beings is foundational and fundamental to our calling as doctors, not only in direct patient care but also in administration, research and in educating the next generation of healthcare professionals. 

As Dr WJ Mayo once said, "The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered". This is an ideal to aspire to and I have been challenged, humbled and strengthened as I see this ideal driving the contributions of many colleagues in medicine.

Professor Julian Thumboo
Senior Consultant
Dept of Rheumatology & Immunology

I served my surgical internship during a time when HOs actually had minor surgery operating lists. I still remember every case on my very first list: two excisions of lipomas, one excision of a sebaceous cyst and two circumcisions. This was what I had worked towards for all those years, and it was the most terrifying moment of my life. My first list went well, and in fact, it was rather anti-climactic. 

I’ve come quite a long way since that defining day, but the journey since has led me to understand a few things. Many lay people still believe in the gift of a “great pair of hands” as though great surgeons are born already imbued with sublime skills; but most surgeons, whether great or somewhat less than great, will appreciate that their skills come from constant practice rather than raw talent alone.

Dr Chia Shi-Lu 
Senior Consultant
Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery